Raleigh fire crews need help while trying to rescue man trapped in flood waters

The man finally is rescued in Raleigh around 11 pm Saturday.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Emergency crews were out on Rose Lane in Raleigh for several hours Saturday evening trying to rescue a man caught in flood waters.


In the process of doing that, witnesses say a couple firefighters who were in a boat lost control.

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Emergency responders were then also trying to get those firefighters back to safety.

Rescue crews got in a boat to try to save the man, who a witness says walked into the water to start with — triggering a rescue.

The man can be seen several hours later in waist-deep water.  He was finally brought to shore and put on a stretcher just before 11 p.m.

Emergency crews brought in a specialized vehicle and tried to drive it as close to the man as possible… but the water was moving too quickly.

“I’m in shock. I’m just glad it wasn’t me or my family. But, I wish they could get him out as soon as possible,” said Eric Dillard, of Raleigh, who saw the incident and took video.

This rescue was among hundreds that have taken place across the area during the storm.

It’s also a key example of why emergency officials have been warning people not to drive or walk through any flooded roads.

An official with the fire department says he’s been in touch with the firefighters and as of 11 p.m., they were still not on dry land, but they were doing OK.

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